FOM: Relevance and mathematical modeling: a case in point
Martin Davis
martind at cs.berkeley.edu
Wed Nov 19 13:11:51 EST 1997
At 11:52 AM 11/19/97 -0500, Jon Barwise wrote:
>Neil raises the question of relevance in mathematical reasoning. I think
>this is an interesting issue. Why is it that mathematicians who do not
>know of a principled response to, say, Russell's paradox, not worry about
>it, as long as it is not relevant to their branch of mathematics? They
>would never try to publish a proof of the Reimann Hypothesis (RH) by
>assuming it was false, using Russell to get a contradiction, and then
>claiming RH.
Presumably they would know that the same "reasoning" would yield a proof of ~RH.
Martin
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